The Lost Riots
The Lost Riots are very much of-the-moment in their urgency and originality but also hearken to the roots of '70s punk. "You can say it's like Dead Boys meet the Heartbreakers if you want, but if you're talking about a Johnny Thunders sound you're really also talking about a Chuck Berry sound." The band keeps cover tunes to a minimum (The Undertones' "Teenage Kicks" is one intriguing exception) and pride themselves on their originality. The Lost Riots — legendary in New Haven for being the last band to play at the last of the Ideat Village music fest in New Haven, while an organizer was actually being arrested for allegedly inciting a riot following noise complaints — has also expanded its turf over the years. "We love New London. We're playing Brooklyn a lot. We did the Mercury Lounge in Manhattan, which is huge for me," Thunders marvels. Still, this is a proud local band, which works their Connecticut city environment into many of their songs. That mood can sometimes be mocking: "I'm gonna stay right here in New England/Because I love clam chowder."